Twins arriving soon - how would you set up these four littles?

diaperjoys

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My friend is due any day with twins, and trying to figure out car seats. She has snug rides for the twins, the 18 month old is rf in a Marathon, and the 3.5 year old is in a Frontier.

How would you set this up? She's concerned about the lack of tether point for the 3rd row, which is where she wants to put the 2 oldest children.

Vehicle: Odyssey '03

Any suggestions?
 
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Brianna

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There is one top tether for the 3rd row center seat. Is she able to put the Frontier in the middle and the Marathon rear facing next to it?
 

thepote

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Yes they are retrofitable (if that's a word!)

From Jeanum's last post in another thread:

http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=151699

>2003 Odysseys have factory equipped top tether anchors for each second row captain's chair as you've found, and also for the third row center. According to the LATCH manual, the third row center top tether anchor is located on the rear tailgate sill, and there are two 8mm weld nuts also located on the rear tailgate sill for retrofitting two more top tether anchors (one for the third row passenger side and one for the third row driver's side). The Honda top tether anchor retrofit part number is 82410-SE3-C01, called a "plate assembly" by Honda, and retails for approx. $13 per part from Honda dealerships, or possibly slightly less online if you do a google search for the part number. Detailed top tether anchor retrofit instructions are supposed to be in the van's owner's manual, not with the top tether anchor retrofit part kit, and the retrofit can be a do it yourself install using a torque wrench. The LATCH manual notes to tighten the bolt using a torque wrench to a torque of 16 lb-ft (22 Nm), and if a torque wrench isn't available, to contact a Honda dealership to verify proper installation.
 

diaperjoys

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There is one top tether for the 3rd row center seat. Is she able to put the Frontier in the middle and the Marathon rear facing next to it?

I don't think so - We have the same year odyssey, with a Blvd CT rf in the center third row. There is just room for a boosterless 12yo on each side of it. A Frontier is wider than a Marathon, so I don't think it will work. BUT, certainly worth attempting!
 

mom of six

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Speaking as a mom of twins, I would put the frontier 3rd row drivers side, one twin 3rd row passenger side. Boulevard RF middle row drivers sideand other twin middle row center if the seat can be slid over to leave an aisle or passenger if the seat can be slid forward (with the base installed) to load the other twin.
 

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